How to stream Game of Thrones online for free: Season 8 Episode 6
One of TV's greatest sagas is ends on 20 May, and if you want to watch Game of Thrones online free and in HD, it is possible for a limited time.
Episodes 1 to 5 of Game of Thrones Season 8 have come and gone: what did you think? It started with two real scene setters, then we had the big Battle of Winterfell. Feelings were certainly mixed on Episode 3. While you could accuse the first two episodes of being a little slow, the third episode was a breathtaking roller coaster - of that there can be no debate. However, some questionable plot contrivances and some odd tactics with the lighting set the internet on fire.
Whichever camp you sit in, Season 8 Episode 4 felt like a bit of a step back in both action and camaraderie. Our favourite characters choose not so much to rejoice in victory as sow the seeds for internal conflict. Then Episode 5 - wow! Should we have seen it coming? Despite the criticism the episode has received for rushing its character arcs, it was certainly edge of your seat viewing. Possibly the most uncomfortable this writer has ever felt watching TV, such was the chaos, carnage and cinematography.
We won't say any more as perhaps you are one of the many Game of Thrones fans who is still looking for an opportunity to watch Season 8 Episodes 1 to 5 and then enjoy Episode 6, but don't yet have Foxtel. In fact, you can watch any episode of Game of Thrones on Foxtel, using our official ranking of every episode as a guide.
If this is you, then we have some good news. It is possible to stream Game of Thrones online free and in HD for a limited amount of time, and in this article, we're going to show you how.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6, season finale, airs at 11:00 am Monday, May 20.
A guide to streaming Game of Thrones online free in HD
The only place to watch Game of Thrones Season 8 in Australia is through Foxtel. Foxtel is available either through the Foxtel iQ TV-based set-top box experience or through Foxtel Now. While the former requires the full installation of cables through your home and an iQ box under your TV, Foxtel Now is much more modern. Foxtel Now is the streaming alternative to Foxtel iQ, so no cables!
Foxtel Now does provide a set-top box experience should you want it, but it's not required for access. Instead, you can simply stream Game of Thrones through the Foxtel Now app, which is available on PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android and on certain Sony, LG and Samsung Smart TVs. You can also watch it on your TV via Chromecast.
See this article for a more detailed guide to all the models and operating systems Foxtel Now works on.
The good news is that Foxtel Now has a 10-day free trial of its base Pop & Lifestyle pack. (Assuming you are a new customer, of course). In this pack, you have access to the Showcase channel and therefore Game of Thrones (as well as tons of other content). You also get access to Game of Thrones on-demand.
This means, if you register for your Foxtel Now free trial on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday, you can really maximise that 10-day window. Not only can you watch Game of Thrones online free and in HD on two consecutive Mondays, but you can also watch any episodes you have previously missed on demand.
That's any of the 72 previous episodes dating right back to Season 1. As mentioned, we recently ranked all of the Game of Thrones episodes from best to worst to help you know where to start.
- Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 will be available to stream on Foxtel and Foxtel Now from 11:00 am on Monday 20 May 2019
- Season 8 Episodes 1 to 5 are now available On Demand on both Foxtel and Foxtel Now
- Game of Thrones seasons 1 to 7 are currently available to binge on Foxtel
- Game of Thrones seasons 1 to 7 are also available to buy or rent on iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store and PlayStation Store
How much does it cost to watch all of Game of Thrones Season 8?
Obviously, this limited time offer to watch Game of Thrones online free and in HD isn't going to get you through the whole of Season 8. Thankfully, if you like the service, you can continue it for a further month for just $25 with no lock-in contract. Given that there are only six episodes left – so only six weeks of Game of Thrones content – you can sneak all of Season 8 into a single month subscription.
By combining the opportunity to watch Game of Thrones free and in HD for 10-days, with a single month of a Foxtel Now base subscription, you can see who wins the Game of Thrones for a cool $25. Which for 7-8 hours of entertainment and just a tad over $4 an episode, is pretty good value.
For more info, visit our full comparison of all the latest Foxtel Now packages and deals.
What is Thrones 360 LIVE?
To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, Foxtel has decided to bring the post-episode chat experience home to Australia. While we've watched overseas entertainment programs dissect episodes of Game of Thrones before, often with special guests, it's always been from a foreign perspective. Thrones 360 LIVE is an all-Australian post-episode chat show.
The name Thrones 360 LIVE fits in with other Foxtel programming, primarily around sport where shows like NRL 360 and AFL 360 discuss the weekly chaos that surrounds each round. Thrones 360 LIVE follows a similar path, with special guests joining hosts James Mathison (Australian Idol) and Stephanie "Hex" Bendixsen (Good Game) as they discuss each episode. A live audience filled with super fans is also engaged throughout the program.
Thrones 360 LIVE is broadcast at 9:30pm on Monday nights via the Showcase channel, which is directly after the encore broadcast of that day's new Game of Thrones episode. You will be able to watch it as part of your Foxtel Now 10-day free trial as well as via any ongoing subscription.
How to watch HBO in Australia
You may be wondering where HBO comes into the Australian TV broadcast picture. Game of Thrones is the flagship show for the HBO network, one of the biggest broadcasters in the USA. But HBO is not available in Australia, so its shows are split up among local broadcasters.
For Game of Thrones, there is only one place to watch HBO in Australia and that's through Foxtel, via Foxtel Now or Foxtel iQ. Foxtel airs Game of Thrones not through a specific HBO channel, but on its Showcase channel. Foxtel also shows lots of other HBO content – such as Westworld and True Detective. You can find out more information in this guide.
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